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bernanke also had several caveats. explain those? >> so ben bernanke, the fed chairman, was very clear that today's statement doesn't represent an abandonment of low inflation. he said, for example, that if inflation were to rise unexpectedly, over 2.5% in their own forecasts, that might be reason enough for them to start raising interest rates even if unemployment has not come down 206.5%. >> sreenivasan: markets traditionally love certainty. why didn't they embrace it today? >> i think markets are starting to question whether the fed actually has the ability to deliver on this commitment to low unemployment. they've got the interest rates at 0, they have trillions of dollars worth of bonds and still the economy is very, very weak. >> sreenivasan: going forward, are there things that we should be looking for as signs from the fed on what's going to happen or should we be paying more attention to unemployment rate? >> well, the fed has taken one more step today. they're doubling the amount of bonds they're buying by printing money. they call that quantitative easing. but the other fact
. christine romans is talking markets. >> and you can thank big ben bernanke, the fed chief. a lot of people saying that the federal reserve and its herculean efforts to keep the economy moving is why stocks are up, why the economy is growing, and they're expecting the fed to announce new measures, new st stimulus to keep it going. so when you hear the catch phrase that the fed is the only game in town, the fed is the only game in town. around the world it has been central banks who are independent from governments, central banks who have been doing so much, pumping money into the system to keep things going. s&p 500 up 13% so far this year. all of these uncertainties we talked about, the fiscal cliff, all of that stuff, it is because of the certainty of fed policy many people are telling me, also because they think on wall street the fiscal cliff will be avoided. they think on wall street the only thing left to do is a little bit of shouting over what the top rate will be. 36%, 37%. they think corporate taxes will come down and we know that that is in the latest sort of proposal from the wh
into recovery with very little to show for it i might add. is it time to call in the fed busters to stop ben bernanke from messing with our economy? i like that. joining me nariman bear verb, ihs chief economist and steve moore from the "wall street journal" steve, seems like you are the guy that likes our ghost buster, fed buster guy. >> i was shocked by the decision. is this qe inifiti we're on right now? melissa: i don't know. >> we've had such a huge deluge of liquidity into the market. and the fed, a lot of people know this that the fed already owns about a trillion dollars worth of federal 30-year treasury securities on its book and it will now purchase 40 billion more a month. that is fancy way of saying what we're doing right now, melissa, we're monetizing our debt. melissa: yeah. >> treasury department is issuing the debt and federal reserve is purchasing the debt and purchases that debt by printing money. melissa: nariman, a lot of people expected before the announcement today they would say they're backing off. instead they said they will target the unemployment rate, you know as
:00 p.m. and ben bernanke's press briefing at quarter past. the fed is expected to announce a new round of bond purchases as its latest program, operation twist, is set to expire at the end of the month. cnbc will begin at 12:00 p.m. eastern. >>> joining us is stewart richardson, partner at rpmg. the press conference -- we'll hear a fresh round of stimulus from the fed. how significant would that be? >> in my mind it's not that significant. i think as optics, people think this is another addition to the stimulus. the fact is that the fed for months and months and months when they go out to purchase longer term treasuries, they're trying to reduce the supply of those in the market and effectively swap short dated cash or other securities. north about 1.25%. whether they're holding reserves or selling the, say, two-year treasury at north of 2 5 basis points, it's effectively the same thing. they're printing 85 million a month and saying we're not doing a twist, we're doing an outright purchase. >> it's different if twist doesn't expand the balance sheet and a new round of stimulus would.
the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? well, fed chair ben bernanke warns that we're already paying the price for teetering on the edge of this fiscal cliff and he points to a recent drop in consumer and business confidence and says he hopes that congress will do the right thing and not kick the can down the road. >>> so that brings us to our fourth story, outfront. deal, no deal? deal, no deal? it is not a howie mandell story. it has everything to do about the fiscal cliff. and it's happening behind closed doors. and what is said in public does not seem to clear anything up. >> the longer the white house slow walks this discussion, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff, and the more american jobs are placed in jeopardy. >> so what's really going on behind the scenes? earlier i spoke with republican senator jeff sessions, who's been asking the same question, and i asked him how much he, as the ranking member of the senate budget committee, actually knows about what's going on. >> very little. almost nothing, frankly. i mean, i learned from s
. speaking of the fiscal cliff, jessica, what did the fed chairman ben bernanke say about these current negotiations? >> well, bernanke is the man credited with coining the term fiscal cliff. he did it back in february as part of testimony before congress. bernanke was speaking at a press conference today and he was asked two things. one, does he see impacts from the fiscal cliff, the lack of a deal, is it already rippling through the economy in? he said, yes. that's why you're seeing a fall in consumer confidence and less business activity and he said that it's impair tea that the congress comes to a deal with the white house and he was asked, do you think that term is correct a. fiscal cliff? is it a slope, maybe? he said, no, it's a fiscal can cliff because the economy will hit a brick wall if there is not a deal in january. he says it is not hype. >> he's basically saying if we go over the fiscal cliff, if these lawmakers and white house doesn't make a deal, it could lead to a recession? >> that >> reporter: that's right. we could hit another recession if we go over the fiscal cliff
, that awareness, that recognition that ben bernanke and former cea lazear should not undermine that we face temporary or futures skills gaps but there is three reasons we should be focused on this. number one, even the unemployment today that is fundamentally about cyclical demand can easily become the next structural skills problem of the future. we know that one of the challenges we face right now in our economy is not just lowering unemployment, but lower and long-term unemployment, and that if we allow regions of our fellow citizens to stay unemployed for year or two years or longer, we know from study after study that they will have more trouble establishing a skill going forward. there will be a crisis for us in the country, but we will also be sitting by and letting a new structural skills gap expand because we're not taking enough efforts right now to get people back to work and deal with long-term unemployment. secondly, there's clearly some immediate still a gap issues. you hear it in wilders, engineers, and we should be focused on that. third and perhaps most importantly, the lon
again today. the federal reserve expected to announce more economic stimulus today. fed chief ben bernanke speaks at 2:15 eastern. the s & p 500 up more than 13% so far this year, and now up since the election. >>> bank of america, merrill lynch predicts oil prices in this country will drop to $50 per barrel. the cause? difficulty in moving huge amounts of oil from the bakan oil fields in south dakota and in texas. they don't predict a corresponding drop in gas prices. world oil prices will stay high, and our gas prices will likely track that. >>> americans are upbeat about the economy. 43% of americans say they are optimistic about 2013 and believe the economy is rebounding, nearly twice as many as last year. >> can i ask? the other day, we were talking about the fiscal cliff. and you tell us it will be really, really bad. why does the market keep going up? >> everyone thinks they will fix it. in the market, the question, what will the top rate be for the highest earners. 37%? the market says there will be a deal and lower corporate tax rates. if there isn't a deal, after the fir
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